(Des Moines) The 2012 Harlan Cyclone baseball team came out on top 27 times and fell short 8 times in a season that came to an end yesterday (Tuesday) in the first round of the Class 3A state tournament. The Cyclones finished the year with a 12-1 loss against Epworth, Western Dubuque at Principal Park in Des Moines in the state quarterfinals.
Things went well for the Cyclones in the top half of the first inning when Ben Bruck and Jake Daegas each walked and Zach Osborn delivered a two out RBI single that scored Bruck to give the Cyclones a 1-0 lead early on. After that though, it was virtually all Western Dubuque as the Bobcats scored 12 unanswered runs and won via the ten run rule in five innings. Western Dubuque wasted little time to break out of the 1-0 deficit as they picked up eight hits and seven runs in the first inning. The big first inning was a sign of things to come for the Bobcats who blasted Harlan pitching for 14 hits and scored two runs in the 2nd, one in the 3rd, and two more in the 4th.
After the game Harlan coach Steve Daeges said he felt the team exceeded expectations this year and commented on his four seniors.
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The Cyclones graduate Ben Bruck, Zach Osborn, Josh Bruck, and Denny Kramer, but they will return eight players with state tournament experience.